The Advertising Standards Authority had a pop at Bosch last week over an ad that claimed a fully loaded dishwasher uses a quarter of the water of washing-up by hand. The ASA ruled that hand washing-up could be more water and energy efficient than using a white goods appliance, but I’m not convinced.
The elderly dishwasher we inherited when we moved into our house six years ago has been playing up recently. The water hasn’t been draining properly, so we got an engineer in last week who told us that the pump was kaput and we’ve been waiting for him to come back to fit a new one.
In the meantime, we have had to go back to using the washing-up bowl and what a chore it is, but I’m also sure that it uses far more water and energy than the dishwasher. I’ve no scientific evidence to back this up as I don’t know how much water and energy the machine uses, but washing-up by hand intuitively feels greater given the umpteen bowls of greasy, sudsy water we are throwing down the sink at the moment.
In fact, we managed to empty our hot water tank twice over the weekend which I can’t remember ever doing before. This Green stuff is very confusing isn’t it?